Vermont City Marathon Training Week 7
What Was Planned vs. What Happened
Monday 02/22/16: 30 Min. Easy Run | 30 Min. Easy Run
Nothing much to say about this run. It was quick, easy, and painless, and I did some planks and other core stuff afterwards. I’m trying to be better about adding in a little bit of strength more often!
Tuesday 02/23/16: 4 x 800 | 4 x 800 With W/U and C/D
I ran a mile to warm up, then banged out the prescribed intervals at about my 5k pace, with 400 recovery in between, and a half mile cool down. I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I LOVE intervals. They always make me feel badass and strong, and this run was no exception.
Wednesday 02/24/16: Spin Class | Spin Class
This was my first class in several weeks, and I was really happy to be back. It was a great workout. The best part, though? The sun was FULLY UP when I left class. Spring is coming!!
Thursday 02/25/16: 45 Min. Moderate Run | 45 Min. Moderate Run
I did a 10 minute warm up and then got down to business. For whatever reason, it took me a long time to settle in, and I was watching the clock A LOT on this run. After about 30 minutes I found my groove, and this was a pleasant run overall. The gym was a bit crowded, but I still got one of the good treadmills (right in front of the AC vents), and my audiobook was good company.
Friday 02/26/16: Rest | Rest
I don’t know what happened, but shortly after I posted this nice, relaxing picture:
shit went south, fast. My stomach started to cramp up and I had to RUN to the bathroom. I spent the rest of the night writhing around, trying to get comfortable, and eventually fell into a fitful sleep.
Saturday 02/27/16: 12 Miles Easy | 12 Miles Easy
After Friday night’s stomach troubles, I wasn’t sure this was going to happen. I slept in a bit, and took my time getting ready, hoping that whatever residual badness was in there would work itself out before I left. To be on the safe side, I opted to do 4 mile loops around my neighborhood instead of attempting an out and back. Loop 1 was pretty bad, and I wasn’t sure I’d finish. Loop 2 was surprisingly ok; I felt decent, my stomach was holding up, and it was a pretty nice day. Loop 3 was awful. My stomach started to cramp up again and I was tired, but I finished.
Sunday 02/28/16: Yoga | Dance Rehearsal
I don’t know why I have such a hard time following through on Sunday yoga, but I do. I did a few strength exercises and danced my butt off at rehearsal, but no yoga. I also bought new shoes!
I tried on lots of different options, but ended up back in Saucony, the Guide 9s this time. The heel-toe drop is a bit higher, and the cushion is a bit more than what I was running in, but Sauconys seem to have the widest toebox around, and my big fat duck feet need that extra room.
Weekly Mileage: 24.5
Total 2016 Mileage: 128
That was my highest mileage week ever, and February will be my highest mileage month ever–almost 90 miles! Crazypants! My goal for the next few weeks is to prioritize recovery efforts, specifically, rolling. I always stretch well after every run, but I tend to let rolling go by the wayside, and I know I need it. My calves are crazy tight, and my legs are starting to feel some general fatigue that I’m sure can be mitigated with some loving from my Addaday and foam roller.
How often do you roll out your muscles? Do you find it makes a significant difference?